What Would You Do With $500?

Neighbourhood Small Grants Returns April 2nd

Do you have a great idea to strengthen connections in your community? In partnership with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan and the Vancouver Foundation, Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) are back! Residents in the North Okanagan are encouraged to apply for up to $500 to grow their idea and connect with their neighbours and community.

The $500 can go towards care hampers, craft and building materials, tech equipment, online hosting fees, and even honorariums. Businesses, charities, and formal groups cannot apply.

“NSG is a grassroots grantmaking program; it’s just for people to apply,” said Kim English, the regional NSG coordinator. “The pandemic has changed how we live and how we gather. It has also shown us just how creative people are in finding ways to connect, share, and celebrate, whether they gather online or within in their small social bubble.”

Last year, neighbours gathered for online cooking demonstrations, yoga and painting classes. Small groups of neighbours focused on pandemic safe activities such as no-contact scavenger hunts, socially distanced movie-nights, and beautification projects with sign-up times.

Teens and young adults are encouraged to apply, “NSG is an excellent opportunity for young people who want to contribute to their community, and with a $500 grant, they can turn their idea into reality” added English.

As Leanne Hammond, executive director of the community foundation explains, “While we are primarily known for funding charities, this program allows us to fund good ideas at the neighbourhood level. We love being a part of that!”

Anyone with a creative idea that strengthens the community is encouraged to visit https://cfno.org/granst /neighbourhood-small-grants/.

The online form asks for a project description, a budget under $500, and the applicant will need to explain how they will comply with the BC Provincial health Orders. Projects are to be delivered between July and November .

Neighbourhood Small Grants is co-funded by the Community Foundation North Okanagan and the Vancouver Foundation, and delivered in partnership with the Regional District North Okanagan.

The online application for Neighbourhood Small Grants is open until June 30, 2021.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and to apply online, visit www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca or email kimenglish@cfso.net.

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